Is Chicago hiding murders to keep down official murder rate?
Powers says she was shocked by CBS 2's disclosures that some cases are in limbo because of major disputes between the medical examiner's office and the police over how people died.
Take the case of Jeffrey Head found dead in his apartment in 2004.
"His hands was behind his back like this, and a plastic bag over his head," said the victim's brother, Earl Head.
Police officials say they believe Head killed himself attempting a form of sexual gratification.
But in this autopsy report the pathologist documents serious injuries including a fractured windpipe and hemorrhages on both sides of his head, injuries too severe to be self-inflicted.
The pathologist concluded Head died of strangulation and suffocation -- a homicide. It is a conclusion the police dispute.
"It's not right and they aren't doing their job as they should," said Earl Head.
Police officials deny it, saying Head's case and others were correctly classified by detectives as death investigations.
When asked if police carry cases as death investigations to keep the homicide count down, Michael Chasen, Deputy Chief of Detectives, said, "Absolutely not. They never hold a case to eliminate a homicide. We just don't do that." . . .
The original discussion and links are here.